Log Management is the process of configuring log storage and managing log files so that they can be easily retrieved and searched. In larger organizations, significant volumes of log files may be generated by a large number of sources. This makes log management in those environments both more complex and more important, so specialized log management software can be helpful.
Factors to consider when choosing a log management tool include the volume of log data being generated (e.g., in gigabytes per month) and the hardware available for storage. Large organizations may already have or be able to afford dedicated, high-performance storage hardware for this purpose. By contrast, smaller organizations may place more emphasis on efficiency and the ability to use their existing hardware when selecting a log management tool.